Summary: Did a standard Windows 7 install. Everything went as expected until the driver installation. Now, most times during driver installation you would need to reboot between each driver installed. However, the included disc has an "Install All" option check box. Wow, how easy is that?
Pros: Nice, cheap, breadbox-style case/motherboard combo. I bought it to build a NAS, and it's perfect for that, but I can easily see it being just as good for an HTPC setup. Good air flow; thumb screws on back; easy dis/assembly. All around a good buy.
Cons: Very specific, proprietary power supply, like all of these breadbox builds have. Not looking forward to the expense when it comes time to replace that.
Summary: Amazingly fast when built with a Core i7-4790, 16 GB of memory, and SSD. Added a 3.5" card reader to the middle bay and a DVD drive to the top bay. I like how the front panel slides open and down when the CD-ROM drive is opened. It was a no hassle build, everything worked great right away.
Just Look at the date of the most recent Drivers, etc (2013!)
Andrew S., Newegg
6 April 2015
Summary: I'm not done yet but I would have gone with another vendor if I had seen the outdated drivers. That shows terrible support for their products. I value my time more than that (time wasted trouble shooting). This hardware has soo much potential and it seems wasted by bad driver support.
Pros: All of the features is the product description. For my needs that includes the small size, the support for modern hardware (i5 CPU, and mem capacity mostly) so I can build a modern HTPC. The support for a few PCI cards that I need (Cable Tuner for DVR and maybe another card from my previous syste...
Cons: Really, really bad support out of the box. I installed my hardware into the Shuttle (CPU, SSD HD, memory, and Cable Tuner) and installed Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1. That worked great, I installed the network driver from the Shuttle CD and ran Windows Update. After installing the 190 updates from windo...
Summary: This shuttle xPC is a great product improvement over my earlier unit. The layout and the cable runs work so much better than my first unit. My first Shuttle is still in use over 10 years. I am very happy with this product in the first month of use.
Beyond my troubles with this build I otherwise like the system
J. Wright, Amazon
19 March 2015
Summary: I purchased this for a development system for work and my experience was as follows. 1) I initially went ahead and installed all of the drivers from the CD. The Intel Rapid Start driver caused windows update to stop working. 2) I had to replace this one time due to intermittent restarts.
Summary: I built it last year, and don't remember any difficulties with the assembly. I've used it as my Win7 Media Centre. I would probably buy it again. I like how the newer model has DisplayLink. I might go with an external USB DVD drive and consider a smaller alternative. I haven't verified TPM support.
Pros: Small, but still accepts multiple drives, including a DVD drive. That's one of the main reasons I stayed away from the Brix and NUCs. Also allows a video card to be plugged in, which I figured is the most likely thing to go obsolete, especially with 4k coming. Pretty quiet, but not absolutely sil...
Cons: On-board video doesn't support 2560x1600 over DVI (it's only single-link, not dual-link). I later found that this is a limitation of Intel graphics. Had it supported DisplayLink, this would not have been a problem. (The newer model has DisplayLink). The flip-door over the DVD drive is a bit cheesy.
Summary: I love this compact, quiet, but flexible package. My only change would be to put the Esata port on the front rather than the back. For those who are not going to do overclocking, this represents an excellent price point for this well designed Intel based system.